I got wind of Matador’s Top 20 Microbreweries in America list via a Twitter by writer Anna Roth, who worked as a freelance reporter for Seattle Met—among other local outlets—before heading south to California. The lady knows her beer.
Washington and Oregon micros that made the cut:
Full Sail Brewing Company, Hood River, Oregon
Deschutes Brewery, Bend, Oregon
Boundary Bay Brewery, Bellingham, Washington
Methow Brewing, Twisp, Washington
I’m sure you’ll notice, there’s not one Seattle or Portland brewer. I know. But now, let’s everyone calm down a second and take a look at this list. I’ll admit to not knowing every last brew from every beermaker included, but I am pretty familiar with most of them, and I suppose there is no arguing with the likes of Dogfish, Allagash, Brooklyn, or New Belgium. And clean and hoppy Long Trail IPA is not to be denied—I’m a big fan of Vermont breweries. But some of these…I guess they were going for geographic diversity (it is a travel site) because Clipper City, while making okay beer, makes, well, only okay beer! There’s no way it can compare to Elysian or Georgetown or Pike or Bridgeport or Rogue or Mac N Jacks or…I could do this for awhile.
As a person who regularly composes “best” lists, I know that it’s not a perfect science, and people will always find glaring omissions, no matter how thorough you try to be. (In fact I’ve been fielding calls all week about great bars that didn’t make Seattle’s Met’s Smart Drinker’s Guide). But this is a little hard to take seriously.
Of all the Portland and Seattle brewers they missed, who do you think deserved it most?